The Bridge International Academies, Nigeria, has called on stakeholders to take actionable steps that will reduce the number of out-of-school children.

A statement by the Academies in celebration of Children’s Day explained that reports from UNICEF showed a decline in the number of children learning in Nigeria.

Managing Director, Bridge International Academies Nigeria, Foyinsola Akinjayeju, noted that there was a need to act with urgency

She said, “Children’s Day in Nigeria is special for us, no doubt, but we have to make it count. We have to make it count by taking actionable steps in the best interest of these children. A recent report by UNICEF says that only a third of 10-year-olds globally are estimated to be able to read and understand a simple written story and in Nigeria, the number of out-of-school children is at 20 million. This is alarming! We need to act fast. Individuals, Organisations, the community at large, we all need to collaborate and give these children a life-changing education that aligns with our mission at Bridge International Academies.”

She added that Bridge’s mission was to provide life-changing education to millions of children.

Manager Academics, Ezinne Tochie-Asogwa, added, “As we celebrate Children’s Day in Nigeria, it should help us remember that we must act in the best interests of the Nigerian Child to embrace innovative solutions to ensure that we are aligned with the SDG4, which is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for every child.”

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